The Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, says the international community needs to do more than offer goodwill as his country deals with the influx of refugees from Syria.
In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Ensour outlined how Jordan, a nation of six million, had difficulty dealing with refugees totaling almost one million. "You can imagine the burden," he said. "The impact of the presence of so many refugees who have nothing in their hands and who need shelter, need food, need medicine: they represent pressure on our resources."
When asked whether the international community was doing enough, Ensour was blunt: "Not much is coming to be honest. We only have sympathy, understanding and goodwill but that's all and that does not suffice. These refugees expect three meals a day, they need shelter, hospitals, schools; all kinds of needs."
This drain on the Jordanian economy comes at a time when the country is only just overcoming the effects of the 2008 global financial crisis, and the recovery has been disrupted by not just the Syrian conflict.
The Arab Spring saw disruptions in supplies of natural gas from Egypt in 2011 and 2012 that cost Jordan $5 billion as it was forced to buy fuel from elsewhere. Jordan signed a $2 billion loan deal with the IMF in August 2012. Under the terms of that agreement, Jordan had to end fuel subsidies which caused widespread public anger.